Ireland U19s to attend Sydney training camp
Thu, Dec 17, 2009 4:20 PM
The Ireland U19 squad will attend a training camp in Sydney as part of its preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in New Zealand next month.
Ex-Pakistan coach and Australia cricket legend Geoff Lawson will aid the players in the seven-day camp along with ex-England assistant coach, Mark Garaway, who is now the Irish Cricket Operations Director.
The players will depart for Australia on 1 January, and will play two warm-up games in Sydney, against New South Wales University and a Grade XI side. It will then head on to Christchurch for warm-up games against Afghanistan and West Indies, before moving on to Queenstown for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 which begins on 15 January.
Explaining the choice of Sydney for the training camp, Garaway said to Cricket Europe: "The camp was set up to provide the players with outdoor, match specific practice in world-class facilities in the lead up to the ICC U19 CWC."
"Sydney is a stop off on the way through to New Zealand and can offer the players for a chance to acclimatise to time zone differences before getting to New Zealand. Tony Hiley (Cricket Ireland Strength & Conditioning Coach), Simon Harland (U19 Physio) and members of SINI Support Staff have devised a physical, sleep and diet programme to help the players to align themselves with the time zone changes so that the maximal impact can be gained from the training camp."